Two MIE graduate students have recently been awarded NSF Fellowships. Claudya Arana (BS ME, 02) has received the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Award, and Andrew Lock (BS ME, 02) has received an Honorable Mention. Both are currently working in Prof. Ishwar Puri’s laboratory on problems related to pollutant mitigation from chemically reacting flows and nanoparticle formation in these flows.

NSF Graduate Fellowships offer recognition and three years of support for advanced study including a stipend for a 12-month tenure and an annual cost-of-education allowance paid to the Fellow’s institution in lieu of tuition and fees. There are 900 total awards across various social science, science and engineering disciplines each year. NSF made 284 Fellowship Awards in engineering out of a pool of 1974 applicants, making this a very prestigious award. Arana is the only UIC alumnus included in the list of 900 awardees for 2003 who chose to pursue graduate study at UIC. Lock is one of two UIC alums to receive an Honorable Mention and who chose to pursue graduate study in the MIE program.

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